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'Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman.' 1 Corinthians 11:3 NAS

Paul writes, 'I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of the woman, and God is the head of Christ' (1 Corinthians 11:3 NAS). There is an order to how God operates. Just as Christ was submitted to God, husbands are supposed to be submitted to Christ, and wives are supposed to be submitted to godly husbands. Note the words, 'the man is the head of the woman' - not all women. This arrangement doesn't apply in the workplace or in other relationships.When we fail to honour God's structure, Satan can enter our homes just as he entered the first home in Eden. 'Submission' is an unpopular word today. But when we understand it from a biblical perspective, we see that it's a positive force to accomplish good, not a negative force to subject women to an inferior status. The Greek word for submission, hupotasso, means to willingly place oneself under the authority of another. It doesn't involve coercion, but rather a willingness to take who and what God made you, and submit it to the authority of another. In the husband's case, to God, and in the wife's case, to God and to her husband.Paul writes, 'Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her' (Ephesians 5:25 NIV). When a husband loves his wife that way, and gives himself to her, she will gladly submit to his leadership in the home. It's her husband's love and protection that releases her into the fullness of her God-given potential.

Soulfood: Dan 6:1-24, Acts 12:1-19

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Husbands and wives 1



'She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.' Genesis 3:6 NKJV

In Genesis, before Eve was created God warned Adam not to eat the forbidden fruit, and it was his responsibility to communicate that to his wife. Clearly, he didn't do a very good job. As a result he lost his job and they ended up losing their home.

Notice, the devil first approached Eve with the idea of disobeying God. 'When the woman saw that the tree was good...She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate' (Genesis 3:6 NKJV). Question: Where was Adam when Eve was being deceived? 'With her.' So here's an important lesson: When a man fails to listen to God and obey Him, he can't be the leader his wife and family need. he literally opens the door to Satan and allows him to come in and cause chaos in the family. When Satan was trying to sell Eve a bill of goods, Adam stood silently by instead of speaking up and saying, 'That's not right. Unless we follow the path God has laid out for us, we'll lose everything.'

On of the issues in marriage isn't about who's the boss; it's about honouring the structure God created so everyone in the family can walk in his blessing. The Bible says Satan comes to 'steal, kill and destroy' (John 10:10). But when a husband is truly submitted to Christ, he can protect his family. So if you're a husband, you need to step up to the plate. And if you're a wife, you need to encourage your husband to walk with God and let him know that it's an honour and privilege to follow such a man.

Soulfood: Col 3-4 + Philem, Mark 11:12-26, Ps 78:17-31, rov 23:26-28

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'He makes everything work out according to his plan.' Ephesians 1:11 NLT

The Bible says, 'The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right' (Psalm 84:11 NLT). Sometimes we pray for a certain thing, believing it's good for us. But God, who has a plan for your life, knows what would be 'good' and what wouldn't be. Billy Graham's wife, Ruth, said if God had answered all her prayers when she was young, she'd have married the wrong man - several times.

Two teardrops were floating down the river of life. One asked the other, 'Who are you?' The second replied, 'I'm the teardrop from the girl who loved a man and lost him. Who are you?' The first teardrop replied, 'I am the teardrop from the girl who got him.' That's the way life goes, isn't it? We cry over what we don't have, not realising we might have cried twice as hard if God had given it to us. The expression 'walking by faith' means trusting the plan God has already worked out, and will reveal to you on a need-to-know basis. Paul said, 'I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content' (Philippians 4:11 NKJV). Clearly his contentment didn't come from his surroundings, since he spent all but seven years of his ministry in prison. So where did it come from? The knowledge that God 'makes everything work out according to his plan' (Ephesians 1:11 NLT).

Does that mean Paul understood every detail of God's plan? No, but when he didn't understand the plan, he trusted 'The Planner'! And that's where Paul's peace, joy, and contentment came from. The same goes for you.

Soulfood: Col 1-2, Mark 11:1-11, Ps 78:9-16, Prov 23:22-25

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